Do you know how well Virginia has done with turning things around? They were in the same sinking terrible boat that we were in 2011 after terrible election in 2010. They are in excellent shape now, in 2020. VA has elected the most women to the VA Legislature in their history! They’ve already passed laws to reverse some damage done AND RATIFIED THE Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)! This is a story of hope and an inspiration for people to vote. NC needs to follow their lead. That depends on us and others like us!
Here are some upcoming events in May and June 2020, and some past events that you can watch online. Chapel Hill NOW is sponsoring the Breaking the Silence event on May 16. Look for a press release. Charlotte NOW is cosponsoring a women’s roundtable event in Charlotte on Jun 2. With so many events online, you can watch them at your convenience!
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The ERA Coalition and ERA-NC Alliance partners (including NC NOW) would like to invite you to the Fourth Annual Campus Equal Rights Amendment Day taking place on April 27, 2020 from 6:00-7:30 pm EST at Roosevelt House, Hunter College. Please join us virtually via Zoom. This program is designed to accommodate students all across the country. The event is organized by a cohort of students participating in the Grove Fellowship at Hunter College, led by Carol Jenkins and Bettina Hager, of the ERA Coalition. Students who wish to participate can fill out the Interest Form here. Feel free to forward and share with any students and teachers you know who may be interested. ERA Coalition will livestream this event to social media and will share those links the day of, if you would like to watch. Anyone can watch the event through the ERA Coalition facebook page. They will post the livestream on Apr 27.
The ERA billboards that were posted around North Carolina last year are still true – 4.2 million women live in North Carolina. Zero have equal rights.
Counting girls as well as women, the statement becomes “5.2 million women and girls live in NC. Zero have equal rights.”
Thanks to women in Virginia, 38 of 38 states needed have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as of January 2020, and there have been developments on a few fronts. Here is a review and an update on what is happening now. For more about why we need ERA, see Simple Justice, Long Overdue.
This has been such a long time coming! ERA is now ratified in 38 of 38 states needed for the 3 state strategy for passing ERA!! NC NOW and others will continue our fight in NC because we don’t want another 19th amendment – do you know that NC didn’t ratify the 19th Amendment-women’s right to vote-until 1971!! What an embarassment. We don’t want another ratification in NC like that one – waiting 50 years to do the right thing! Here is some recent history with ERA in NC.
Read more about Virginia’s ERA success in “Virginia Lawmakers Pass Equal rights Amendment In History Vote!,” 1/15/20, Washington Post.
ERA Vigil in front of Legislative Building, 5/15/13. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Women are very excited about women winning big in the last Virginia election. As Carol Jenkins sees it, a nearly 100-year push to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is closer to reality now than it’s ever been. Advocates like us think with the win of the VA House and Senate, “the once solidly conservative Southern state that’s voted down the ERA time and again might instead be the critical 38th to approve it.” There are a few hurdles left, but we believe passing the ERA would offer the strongest possible protection for women and girls against discrimination.
Women and advocates should show up as a green and white force at events and at the legislature. Your ERA t-shirt will pique the interest of those who see you. Get your green ERA NOW t-shirts here!
She Changed The World Event at the Capital in Raleigh, 9/7/19; Photo Credit: Ana Tampanna
The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, but we delved into a few new areas for NC NOW – how climate change hurts women and gender equity. NC NOW officers were elected, an annual task. We also hosted a panel on threats to reproductive access, an update on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), six workshops and more. We were honored to include a tribute to long time feminist activist and NC NOW board member Jan Allen.
Conference view from the back. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
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My daughter goes to an NC university and I worry about her. I even signed her up for a self defense class before her freshman year. I knew the statistics of sexual assault on campuses are extremely high. However, I was shocked to read that “A third of female undergraduate UNC students reported sexual assault, survey found,” 10/15/19, Charlotte Observer. State laws must be improved to prosecute these crimes, and universities must do more. An Equal Rights Amendment would help long term.
Event with Feminists For All at UNC-CH, 9/27/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
The 2019 survey by the Association of American Universities reported that “nine percent of respondents said they were given a spiked drink or drugs without their knowledge before the assault.”
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There are many examples of injustice around us: women’s health being targeted, disparities in school suspensions along racial lines, women’s reports of sexual assault and harassment being discounted, treatment of migrants and immigrants, mass incarceration of minorities, underpayment for women’s work, re-segregation of our schools to name just a few.
NOW is part of the resistance, in fact, we help organize resistance! Please join us at our NC NOW State conference to learn more about injustices and what we can do about them! Join us in Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, 9am-4pm.
Women are taking back Constitution Day, an underutilized and under-appreciated holiday – celebrating the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia in 1787. The U.S. Constitution is a statement of the basic principles and laws of our nation that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it. States and groups can also have constitutions. The U.S. Constitution is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Constitution Day is the perfect time to educate people that women are not equally protected under our constitution, and about what could remedy that. The Equal Means Equal documentary by Kamala Lopez shows how women and girls are treated in multiple areas, the systems are failing them.
Screening Equal Means Equal on 9/17/19 Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga